As a dam threatens to burst near the fictional town of Valleyton, Arizona, local, state, and national government actors must work together to avoid disaster. Crisis leadership skills are put to the test as participants in this simulation must quickly develop a plan of action and consider short and long term implications of their decisions.
The combination of actors in this domestic U.S. simulation provides an opportunity for students to experience the challenges of effective coordination and planning between four levels of government during a crisis.
Students play the roles of: local citizen groups; state, county, and municipal government actors; and representatives of U.S. federal agencies (FEMA, USDA, EPA). A scenario is provided along with a private role sheet to give students additional information about their assigned role's positions and interests. This simulation includes an opportunity for students to develop, debate, and vote on a specific plan of action to address the issues in the scenario. At the conclusion of the exercise, their decisions will determine the outcome of the crisis via a decision-making reporting tool. Appropriate for courses in crisis leadership, U.S. environmental politics, and state and local governments, among others. This crisis exercise can run in as little as two hours.
- One or more Internet-connected computers or devices per team. (Optimized for desktop and laptop computers.)
- Up-to-date web browser. (Internet Explorer is not supported.)
- No plug-ins or additional software required.
- 8 roles
- Role sheets included
- Teams of 2 - 4 students per role (recommended)
LENGTH OF SIMULATION
- Flexible; set by instructor
- Proposal Center